2015 New This Week Archive Stories

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  • Celebrating Frank Sinatra's Centennial By: Christopher Smith
    Frank Sinatra was born 100 years ago on December 12; the run-up to that date is seeing hundreds if not thousands of performances across the country. Many, inevitably, will be at the level of piano bar singers belting out “My Way,” predictably aping an artist who actually did sing it his way for more than half a century. In Or
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Fashion File: Fun with Fringe By: Sophia Kercher
    Movement is the word this fall as fringe is having its moment. Finely threaded, string-like or Western-inspired, the tassled look works for a night on the town or an afternoon with friends. This flirty little black dress ($465), from Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s always-edgy Elizabeth and James line strikes the perfect balanc
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Four great tidepools to explore By: Laylan Connelly | Photography by Nick Koon, Mindy Schauer, Mark Rightmire
    Making his way along the slippery landscape of a local tide pool, Kasey Eunice hops from wet rock to wet rock. The world here, he explains, is as teeming as it is vibrant. Purple sea urchins sway with the roiling currents. Mussels and barnacles create a buffet for seagulls and, depending on the tide, fish. In the sun baked water of the pools the
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Gabe Serrato-Buelna’s San Miguel de Allende By: Rosemary McClure
    Gabe Serrato-Buelna lives to travel and travels to live. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone all over the world for work and pleasure,” he says. “But the place that has stolen my heart is San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.” Serrato-Buelna, founder of the Laguna Beach-based PR firm Serrato + Co., represents actors,
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Goodwill Gala at Laguna Cliffs Marriott By: Samantha Dunn | photography by Lynne Sladky, JOSHUA SUDOCK
    Call him Blackie from “General Hospital,” Uncle Jesse on “Full House” or “ER” doctor Tony Gates, or even Jimmy Martino from his recent sitcom “Grandfathered,” but whatever you do, call John Stamos a fan of the Beach Boys. When he was still a teen, Stamos – a Cypress native who played drums in
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Gordon McAlpine's "Full Circle" Library Tale By: Gordon McAlpine | Illustration by Chris Morris
    For 20 years, novelists, journalists, scientists, historians and other public figures have delivered lectures at the Newport Beach Public Library. I learned of the series when I was invited to speak there in March 1997. That long-ago night, I read from my second novel, “The Persistence of Memory.” The room was filled with students, f
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Home Tour: A Drought-Tolerant Laguna Beach Garden By: Lori Basheda | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    Step onto the back patio of Lynn and Vaughn Eldstrom’s Mystic Hills house and behold.To the left, the houses of Arch Beach Heights dot the hills, like a post-card from Europe. To the right are sweeping views of the Pacific ocean, cool and blue and glassy as far as you can see. Yet the couple rarely stepped off the patio for a
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Lobster Benedict at the Ritz Prime Seafood By: Steve Bramucci
    This column launched 30 months ago with one of the most iconic dishes in Orange County: the Ritz Egg. At that time, we knew that The Ritz was closing its Newport Beach location. The future looked uncertain for the Orange County culinary institution. This month, the Ritz is back … sort of. The property is now called The Ritz Prime
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Making a Statement with Eye-Popping Jewelry By: Jenny Peters | Photography by Sabin Orr
    As fall and winter come to OC, the changes in our natural world are subtle. Most trees keep their leaves, the sun continues to shine and flowers keep blooming. In that setting, it’s a time for celebrations, galas and special occasions – perfect moments for wearing on-trend statement jewelry pieces. These striking pieces meld
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Martin A. Brower’s Along the Coast By: Martin Brower and Nancy Luna
    New sculptures debutTen sculptures – the result of a competition that elicited 81 entries – have been added to the 14-acre Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Garden on Avocado Avenue and San Miguel Drive in Newport Center. The sculptures, screened by a three-person arts jury and the Newport Beach Arts Commission and ap
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • My OC: Ginny Ueberroth Says to Health with You By: Samantha Dunn | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka, Ann Venegas and Roland Lance Lane
    Today when people see Ginny Ueberroth, they see the well-heeled chair of the influential Ueberroth Family Foundation and the longtime partner of Peter – onetime baseball commissioner, chairman of the United States Olympic Committee and presidential candidate. But some part of Ueberroth will always be that young wife and mother of four in t
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Paul Musco's Heart of Gold By: David Ferrell | photography by Sheri Geoffreys and Chapman university
    Even as he prepares to turn 90, with nine stents and an artificial valve in his heart, white-haired Sebastian P. “Paul” Musco works full time and is still cracking one-liners. He has a favorite about his father, an immigrant from Sicily who raised 10 children during the Great Depression. Dad spent 35 years working in education, M
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Pico Iyer: Unsurpassed Contemplation at Big Sur's New Camaldoli Hermitage By: Pico Iyer | Photography by Lezlie Sterling and New Camaldoli Hermitage
    Above you, at night, are so many stars you might be standing under a salt shaker. Before you, when the sun comes up over the ridge, are 1,200 feet of golden pampas grass running down to the great blue expanse of the Pacific. Around you are 800 acres of pristine wilderness in one of the most transporting landscapes on the planet, along the Big Su
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • The Hyundai N Series By: Steve Irsay
    AMG … M … RS … F … V.To the casual observer, this series of letters would appear to be some sort of code – or maybe a text from a teen seeking more gravitas than the usual OMG and LOL fare. But to automotive enthusiasts, these letters are serious business. This particular serving of alphabet soup r
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Twila True's Heart is in Two Worlds By: David Ferrell | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka and True Sioux Hope Foundation
    Twila True’s preferred way to reach Pine Ridge, the vast, impoverished Sioux territory in South Dakota, is by small chartered plane, enabling her to avoid the commercial airport in Rapid City 90 miles to the north. The approach takes her directly over beautiful rolling countryside. If she arrives in the evening, True enjoys a sense of spec
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Photos: A colorful day of Halloween surfing By: Lawrence Sherwin
    Kids of all ages dressed up on Halloween for a morning of costumed surfing at  Newport Beach Pier. Superheroes, witches, and a shark strutted their stuff to the delight of parents, surf fans and a bevy of photographers. In spite of the crowded surf line, there were only smiles and laughter as the warm weather and water and consistent easy w
    Tue Oct 27, 2015
  • COS for a Cause By: Noelle Medina
    An exclusive group of OC fashionistas and -istos flocked to South Coast Plaza for the unveiling of its newest retail addition, COS. The night before the London-based store opened its doors to the public, guests enjoyed an evening of shopping to support the Orange County Museum of Modern Art, which received twenty-percent of the evening’s p
    Tue Oct 20, 2015
  • Photos: Dogs + Surf = Fun By: Lawrence Sherwin
    Dog surfing is a big time deal in Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA. Sunday's seventh annual Dog Surfing competition brought out dogs of all sizes and breeds to try their paws at riding the waves at Dog Beach. Hundreds turned out to cheer their favorites, watch the dogs hold on while they shredded the waves,  share the love and enjoy the s
    Tue Sep 29, 2015
  • Photos: Watching the Blood Moon By: Lawrence Sherwin
    Once in a blue moon, there is a blood moon. Sunday, September 27, 2015 was the rare day when the moon was at its closes point to the earth and the moon is at its largest and brightest (a supermoon) and there was a total lunar eclipse (when the moon is completely in the earth's shadow). This produces a glowing orange moon which was visible all ov
    Tue Sep 29, 2015
  • Photos: Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure at Fashion Island By: Lawrence Sherwin
    Some 17,000 signed up to run in the annual Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, held on a foggy, perfect Sunday morning for running, Sept. 28. Thousands more cheered and saluted survivors as the runners made their way around the the 5K course over in Fashion Island. Breast cancer has no age or sex bias and there were men, women, children
    Mon Sep 28, 2015
  • Bloody Good Marys By: Brad A. Johnson
    There’s an unwritten rule somewhere that says you can’t drink a Bloody Mary after 5 p.m. It is meant to be a morning drink, a brunch refreshment. Once the sun goes down, only a rube or a bimbo would order a Bloody Mary. What a dumb rule. Consider me a rube and a bimbo because I think there’s never a bad time for a Bloody Mary.
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Milena Kitic Sings the Praises of Newport Beach By: Samantha Dunn
    Belgrade-born Milena Kitic might be the world’s most down-to-earth diva. A world-class mezzo-soprano best known for playing Carmen in major opera productions throughout Europe and American, Kitic is also the kind of person who, if she schedules a morning meeting, invites you to come to her home and whips up a berry smoothie to go with past
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Narong Prangcharoen, Pacific Symphony's artist-in-residence By: Timothy Mangan | Photography by Ed Crisostomo
    The classical symphonic canon includes a number of pieces inspired by geographical areas. Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides” Overture comes immediately to mind, as does Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” As far as we know, though, no one has ever tried to comp
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • The Riip Beer Company in Huntington Beach By: Bo McMillan
    Imagine a boozy equivalent to delivery pizza: a phone call, a wait and, suddenly, craft beer – award-winning craft beer, in fact – delivered right to your front door. In 2014 brothers-in-law Ryan Rasmussen and Ryan Hopkins started doing exactly this when their Riip Beer Co. began making its door-to-door deliveries in Huntington Beach
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Goodbye Cottage, Hello Urth By: Nancy Luna | Photography by Victor Boghossian
    The long-awaited opening of Orange County’s first Urth Caffé, an organic coffeehouse from Los Angeles, has finally arrived. The owners spent more than a year restoring the Laguna Beach landmark The Cottage to its original appearance from 80 years ago. The historic Craftsman-style bungalow, one of the oldest buildings in the city, da
    Fri Sep 25, 2015